Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Nothing Without Joy
I sit in the midst of my crazy family looking at the remains of 2012 and our Christmas celebration. Even though we've been picking up all day, there is always a hidden bow or scrap of wrapping paper peeking out from a corner or from under the couch. Boxes that once held Christmas magic are now forlorn, laying in a pile waiting for recycling. We're watching bowl games, kids are running and screaming, dogs are playing and barking.
It's a joyful noise.
We are a family that enjoys being together.
And even though there have been struggles this year, even though things aren't always perfect, even though life is hard at times, there is still joy in our lives.
It's in the smile in our faces as we glimpse the youngest two standing at the window watching the dogs race with joy through the snow in the backyard. They babble in babyspeak at each other and giggle at the dogs.
It rings out in the laughter of the grandkids. In happy smiles and cuddles in the morning and random I love you's throughout the day.
It shouts to us as we ring in 2013, 4 generations enjoying time together, laughing, sharing stories and toasting those no longer with us.
At some point in Book Love, Penny Kittle says, "Nothing without joy." Those words stayed in my head and my heart.
Nothing without joy.
My One Little Word for 2013: Joy
Look for joy. Live with joy. Love with joy.
Happy New Year!